Green New Zealand native fern

Ecology and biodiversity

Our researchers work on projects in marine biology, conservation biology, reproductive biology, evolutionary genetics and more.

Many of these involve collaboration with other organisations, including the Department of Conservation, Zealandia, Wellington Zoo and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).

The School of Biological Sciences is a Southern Hemisphere leader in several areas of conservation biology. Researchers have study sites on nearby islands in Cook Strait and as far afield as Antarctica, South Africa and South America.

Our biodiversity and ecology researchers work to identify and restore depleted populations, species and communities in ecosystems impacted by human activity.

Our marine biology programme, with its award-winning Coastal Ecology Laboratory on Wellington’s south coast, has strengths in pure and applied research in areas such as aquaculture, coral reefs, fish population dynamics, coastal protection, biodiversity and conservation.